Civil society will drive social transformation

Henry Mintzberg, a Canadian management educator, has written bracing critiques of management faddism, amongst these corporate strategy making and MBA-obession.  He’s started a series of e-pamphlets on the role of civil society in social transformation.

“Our governing structures are stuck in an 18th century form of individualistic democracy, while these problems require cooperative efforts, internationally as well as domestically. And don’t expect corporate social responsibility to compensate for corporate social irresponsibility.

Radical renewal will have to begin largely in the plural sector, albeit partly as a means of provoking reforms in the established institutions of government and business. Community groups in this sector are best suited to creating the kinds of social initiatives we require. A multitude of such initiatives are now underway, networked across communities through the social media”.